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I have a Kenmore 20722990 washer. There's a smell

I have a Kenmore 20722990 washer. There's a smell comming from inside it. I ran it 4x with the hot water/baking soda/vinegar mixtures, but the smell is still there. I used some blocks of wood and lifted it up to see underneath, but it was clean. What should I do next? Could it be comming from inside the fabric softener dispense?

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?pop=true&modelNumber=110.20722990

Thoughts are:

1. Fabric Softener dispenser. I'd remove it, run a couple of loads with just soap and see if the smell disappears.

2. These models use whats called a Motor Coupler between the motor and transmission. The center part of the coupler is a rubber device that could be worn and you smell the rubber "burning"

A way to check it is to remove the cabinet, pump and motor and see if the coupler is wearing.

Following is a description of how to access the coupler.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=135&osCsid=4f378f93259c747a96114e0e5fb5b352

3. Depending on the age of the washer, over time "gunk" can build up around the agitator shaft and in the tub. That could be causing the smell.

In order to clean it, you'll have to remove the agitator(s) and the basket. It's not a really difficult job.

See the following for how to pull the agitators, spanner nut, drive block and basket. You don't need a special spanner wrench. I've used a short 10" pipe wrench hooked around one of the tabs on the spanner nut and tapped the handle with a hammer to loosen it. Also, don't directly hit the drive block with a hammer (it's soft metal). Put a short piece of wood under the drive block and tap it up with a hammer.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

With the agitators, and basket removed, I'd thoroughly clean the tub and any other gunk that you see.




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